Matt Bellamy - Tech Session by Jamie Humphries


Welcome to the "Matt Bellamy - Tech Session" by Jamie Humphries on This exclusive guitar lesson series provides an in-depth exploration of the techniques and styles used by Matt Bellamy, the dynamic frontman and guitarist of Muse. These lessons are designed for guitarists who want to master Bellamy’s unique approach, featuring detailed breakdowns of his signature techniques and an engaging performance by tutor Jamie Humphries. Whether you’re a beginner looking to expand your skill set or an experienced player aiming to capture the essence of Bellamy’s playing, this tech session has something for everyone.

Lesson Breakdown

Lesson 1: Introduction to Bellamy's Style

The first lesson delves into the core elements that define Matt Bellamy's guitar style. Jamie Humphries begins by discussing Bellamy's influences and how they shape his approach to guitar playing. The lesson covers foundational techniques such as power chords and palm muting, essential for creating the driving, rhythmic sound characteristic of Muse’s music. Learning these basics sets the stage for more advanced techniques explored in later lessons.

Lesson 2: Mastering Vibrato and Legato

In this lesson, Jamie focuses on two crucial techniques: vibrato and legato. Vibrato adds expression and emotion to your playing by varying the pitch of notes, while legato enables smooth, flowing transitions between notes, crucial for Bellamy’s fluid solos. Mastering these techniques enhances your ability to play expressively and seamlessly, making your solos more captivating and dynamic.

Lesson 3: Tapped Harmonics and Dive-Bombs

Here, Jamie introduces more advanced techniques like tapped harmonics and dive-bombs. Tapped harmonics create bell-like tones that add a unique texture to your playing, while dive-bombs, executed with a whammy bar, produce dramatic pitch changes that are a hallmark of Bellamy’s sound. These techniques expand your sonic palette, allowing you to incorporate striking effects into your performances.

Lesson 4: Alternate Picking and Tremolo Picking

This lesson covers the speed and precision techniques of alternate picking and tremolo picking. Alternate picking ensures efficient and accurate note execution, essential for fast passages, while tremolo picking provides a rapid, continuous note repetition, adding intensity to your solos. By mastering these, you enhance both your technical proficiency and your ability to play fast, intricate lines with clarity.

Lesson 5: Unison Bends and Double-Stop Bends

Jamie explores unison bends and double-stop bends, techniques that add a distinctive vocal-like quality to your guitar playing. Unison bends involve bending one string to match the pitch of another, creating a powerful, singing effect. Double-stop bends involve bending two strings simultaneously, adding richness and complexity to your sound. These bends are crucial for adding expressiveness and harmonic interest to your solos.

Lesson 6: Performance and Application

In this final lesson, Jamie Humphries performs a complete piece, integrating all the techniques covered in the session. Watching the performance allows you to see how each technique fits into a musical context, demonstrating their practical application in a live setting. This performance serves as both an inspirational and instructional tool, showing you how to seamlessly blend various techniques to create a cohesive, engaging performance.

Benefits of Learning These Techniques

Each technique covered in this tech session offers specific benefits that enhance your guitar playing:

  • Vibrato and Legato: Improve expressiveness and smooth transitions, making your solos more emotive and fluid.
  • Tapped Harmonics and Dive-Bombs: Add unique textures and dramatic effects, expanding your sonic palette.
  • Alternate and Tremolo Picking: Enhance speed, accuracy, and intensity in your playing.
  • Unison and Double-Stop Bends: Introduce vocal-like qualities and harmonic richness, adding depth to your solos.

Seeing these techniques performed by an expert like Jamie Humphries not only solidifies your understanding but also provides a clear example of their practical use in a musical context. This approach helps bridge the gap between learning a technique in isolation and applying it effectively in your own playing.

Guitar Techniques Covered

About The Tutor

Tutor Profile

Jamie Humphries

Jamie is one of the mainstays of LickLibrary, having a stream of hugely successful best selling DVDs, Jamie is best known as Brian May's sideman who he's played shows with all over the world. Aside from this Jamie is a hugely popular clinician working all over the world with Ernie...

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